Debbonnaire Kovacs

Debbonnaire Kovacs

is creating novels

4

patrons
(Just so you know: what's on the video and what you see below are different. To get the whole story, watch the video!)
My Dream Project
I once attended a writers' conference in which the keynote speaker talked about the Power of Story to change the world. He used the slavery issue in America as an example. We had Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, William Lloyd Garrison, and so many others speaking and working for abolition. Their work was vital. But the speaker said that arguably the thing that turned the tide was Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
I have a dream that my writing might, as one small voice among so many gifted writers, help to create change and reconciliation in the world.
Right now, my bone-deep longing is to write a big novel that shows a family trying to keep their feet through the unbearable illness that killed my husband, and took ten years to do it: Frontotemporal Degeneration. FTD is less of an orphan disease during the past few years than it was when it attacked us, thank God, but it is still far less well-known (or funded) than Alzheimer's. I believe a story, a well-written one that pulls readers in, will help to bring it to the public eye, and will help to drive more research and more services to families battling this horrible disease.
The thing is, I have been writing in the cracks and crevices of whatever else was happening in my life for many years, (and a very few of those years, even earned more than the poverty limit doing it), but this project doesn't seem to be like that. I've tried. As you can imagine, even though it is complete fiction, not my family's own story, writing it still draws heavily on all my emotional resources, and I have realized that I need to be able to devote my time to it for at least a year. I can't do that without help. I need you!
More About Me
Before you decide to help support my writing, you need to know if you even like it! You can read free sample chapters of my fiction on my website. I have been writing since I could hold a pencil, and sold my first story at the age of eleven. I've published over 700 stories and articles for adults and children, and 28 books. To be clear, some of those are textbooks, six are small booklets, and some were "work-for-hire," done by independent contract, so only about six or eight books are easily available to the general public. (Yes, it varies--some out-of-print books can sometimes be found used.) Two novels and three recent Christian non-fiction books are easily found in softcover or ebook format at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Naturally, you are also more than welcome to help support me by buying my books, and leaving reviews!
Why Patreon?
When I was in college (a million years ago!) I wrote a paper entitled "The Role of Patronage in Elizabethan England." I thought that was wonderful--someone with means "adopting" an artist and supporting them so they could do what they were born to do. In exchange, the artist created things especially for the patron. 
Enter Patreon. Now you don't have to have means to help support a variety of artists--and get something special in return. Browse the list of rewards, and by the way, I'm so grateful for your help that if there's something you want but don't see, you are welcome to suggest it!
One more thing: for Patreon, I must put a specific dollar amount, so I couldn't put this in rewards, but anyone giving anything higher than the highest level I created can choose a personal short piece written just for them. It could be a story featuring your child, or a piece about you or your business--we'll talk. Because I'll owe you!
Tiers
Personal Thank You Note
$1 or more per month
Yes, I will write it. On paper. With my very own hand! Well...with a pen in my very own hand!
Free Ebook
$3 or more per month
Choose any of my books that are out now, or choose to wait for the ebook of this project. 
Handspun Bookmark with Castle Charm
$5 or more per month
All of the above plus...If you've been to my website (you HAVE been to my website, right?) you know about my castle theme. At this level, you get a bookmark made from yarn I've handspun, with a gorgeous castle charm on it!
Autographed Softcover Book
$10 or more per month
All of the above, plus a signed book. Again, you may choose one of the books that are out now, but you are supporting this FTD novel, so you may want to wait for it.
Print of Cover Painting
$15 or more per month
All of the above, plus a print of one of my cover paintings, suitable for framing. You may have the cover of the book you chose above, or of a different one. I paint most of my covers; email me to be sure the cover you want is one I painted and can give you.
Be in the Book!
$25 or more per month
All of the above, plus a character named after you in the book, and mentioned by name in the dedication. 
Goals
4 of 100 patrons
When I reach 100 patrons, I'll post pictures and an interview of one of the dairy goats on my smallholding.
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(Just so you know: what's on the video and what you see below are different. To get the whole story, watch the video!)
My Dream Project
I once attended a writers' conference in which the keynote speaker talked about the Power of Story to change the world. He used the slavery issue in America as an example. We had Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, William Lloyd Garrison, and so many others speaking and working for abolition. Their work was vital. But the speaker said that arguably the thing that turned the tide was Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
I have a dream that my writing might, as one small voice among so many gifted writers, help to create change and reconciliation in the world.
Right now, my bone-deep longing is to write a big novel that shows a family trying to keep their feet through the unbearable illness that killed my husband, and took ten years to do it: Frontotemporal Degeneration. FTD is less of an orphan disease during the past few years than it was when it attacked us, thank God, but it is still far less well-known (or funded) than Alzheimer's. I believe a story, a well-written one that pulls readers in, will help to bring it to the public eye, and will help to drive more research and more services to families battling this horrible disease.
The thing is, I have been writing in the cracks and crevices of whatever else was happening in my life for many years, (and a very few of those years, even earned more than the poverty limit doing it), but this project doesn't seem to be like that. I've tried. As you can imagine, even though it is complete fiction, not my family's own story, writing it still draws heavily on all my emotional resources, and I have realized that I need to be able to devote my time to it for at least a year. I can't do that without help. I need you!
More About Me
Before you decide to help support my writing, you need to know if you even like it! You can read free sample chapters of my fiction on my website. I have been writing since I could hold a pencil, and sold my first story at the age of eleven. I've published over 700 stories and articles for adults and children, and 28 books. To be clear, some of those are textbooks, six are small booklets, and some were "work-for-hire," done by independent contract, so only about six or eight books are easily available to the general public. (Yes, it varies--some out-of-print books can sometimes be found used.) Two novels and three recent Christian non-fiction books are easily found in softcover or ebook format at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Naturally, you are also more than welcome to help support me by buying my books, and leaving reviews!
Why Patreon?
When I was in college (a million years ago!) I wrote a paper entitled "The Role of Patronage in Elizabethan England." I thought that was wonderful--someone with means "adopting" an artist and supporting them so they could do what they were born to do. In exchange, the artist created things especially for the patron. 
Enter Patreon. Now you don't have to have means to help support a variety of artists--and get something special in return. Browse the list of rewards, and by the way, I'm so grateful for your help that if there's something you want but don't see, you are welcome to suggest it!
One more thing: for Patreon, I must put a specific dollar amount, so I couldn't put this in rewards, but anyone giving anything higher than the highest level I created can choose a personal short piece written just for them. It could be a story featuring your child, or a piece about you or your business--we'll talk. Because I'll owe you!

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Tiers
Personal Thank You Note
$1 or more per month
Yes, I will write it. On paper. With my very own hand! Well...with a pen in my very own hand!
Free Ebook
$3 or more per month
Choose any of my books that are out now, or choose to wait for the ebook of this project. 
Handspun Bookmark with Castle Charm
$5 or more per month
All of the above plus...If you've been to my website (you HAVE been to my website, right?) you know about my castle theme. At this level, you get a bookmark made from yarn I've handspun, with a gorgeous castle charm on it!
Autographed Softcover Book
$10 or more per month
All of the above, plus a signed book. Again, you may choose one of the books that are out now, but you are supporting this FTD novel, so you may want to wait for it.
Print of Cover Painting
$15 or more per month
All of the above, plus a print of one of my cover paintings, suitable for framing. You may have the cover of the book you chose above, or of a different one. I paint most of my covers; email me to be sure the cover you want is one I painted and can give you.
Be in the Book!
$25 or more per month
All of the above, plus a character named after you in the book, and mentioned by name in the dedication.